Creating something useful

I’ve needed something to keep myself busy recently, to take my mind off things. I think I showed you the beginning of this project, back in March.

It’s the handles of a tote bag. I put it to one side, did a bit of crochet instead.

Then sewed the body of the bag.

This weekend I plucked up the courage to rivet the handles to the bag – scary as I’ve never done it before and they had to be in exactly the right position.

Not bad for me, I’m not keen on measuring, I’d rather do things by eye.

I added some pretty danglies.

Because it’s a simple sack, I decided to make this to put bits and bobs in today.

So here it is, my first attempt at a leather bag. I could never have done this without my friend Lindy’s help, she is a really good leather worker, I’m just a dabbler, especially where tools are involved.

Thanks Lindy!


14 thoughts on “Creating something useful

  1. Looks great Gilly, maybe you could attach the purse bit to the inside of the bag so it doesn’t end up at the bottom (as they always do!!).

  2. A useful project! That’s what you needed, lass 🙂 🙂 It looks great. I’m busy watching Monarch butterflies in Mexico as I type this. An incredible sight, dangling from the trees. Many hugs, sweetheart. Keep up the good work.

  3. Wow, Gilly, this is great!!! I could never do this. I remember when I was in my early twenties, I decided I was going to make myself learn to use a sewing machine enough to make myself two outfits. My mother was a terrific seamstress/crafter and created all kinds of things, but I definitely did not follow in her footsteps. But she encouraged me, and gave me extra tutelage on the zipper parts. I managed to make one very, very simple A-line dress and one pants-suit (one of those all-one-piece things that were popular in the 70’s). I breathed a huge sigh of relief when they were done, put away the sewing machine, and never touched one again. I am so in awe of your ability.

  4. So beautifully made, Gilly! The colors and designs of the bag are elegant!
    And, it was your first attempt at a leather bag, amazing! 🙂

  5. I love watching works in progress. Riveting and measuring: I absolutely understand your feelings. Both are essential to a good end product, and I hate to commit! You’ve emerged triumphant from these trials. I love the bag – and deplore your humility!!!! Your creativity seems to be endless: words, quirky photos; all manner of crafts.

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